Jim Mertens


Jim and Julie Sisk co-anchor our full morning coverage on "Good Morning Quad Cities" and the one-hour midday broadcast, "News 8 at 11".

Jim, Julie, and meteorologist James Zahara have been together on "Good Morning Quad Cities" since 2006.

Before coming to mornings, Jim was the anchor and producer of "News 8 at 6:30" and a reporter for "News 8 at 10". He's also anchored the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts, the weekend broadcasts, and was a reporter on the streets when he joined the WQAD News 8 team in 1995.

Jim is also the host of "The Cities", a weekly half-hour public affairs program seen on WQPT-TV, the Quad Cities PBS station.

Before coming to the Quad Cities, Jim worked at WWMT-TV in Kalamazoo, Michigan as an anchor and reporter for six years. Prior to that, Jim was an anchor and reporter for seven years at WEAU-TV in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

He got his start in radio in 1978 at WFON-FM in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. He later joined WAXX/WAYY Radio Stations in Eau Claire, Wisconsin where he would start as an overnight Country music announcer before working in the station's radio news department as a reporter and anchor.

Jim is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire School of Journalism. He's received numerous reporting awards from Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan. His long-form reporting earned him first place awards with the Iowa Associated Press, the Iowa Broadcast News Association, and the Illinois News Broadcasters Association.

Jim has been president of the Iowa Broadcast News Association (www.ibna.org) and is a past president of the Northwest Broadcast News Association (www.nbna.info), an organization serving broadcast journalists in six Midwestern states.

Recent Articles

  • Chef Scott: Beef and Noodles

    Posted on: 11:44 am, November 14, 2013, by , updated on: 10:30am, November 15, 2013

    Chef Scott says it's the best time for comfort foods and his recipe for Beef and Noodles is easy, inexpensive, and rib-sticking: a perfect winter combination.

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  • Pay It Forward: Never Forget

    Posted on: 6:51 am, November 7, 2013, by , updated on: 09:26am, November 7, 2013

    Our latest "Pay It Forward" recipient is a veteran who leads the charge to help servicemen and women know they are not forgotten
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  • The Rivalry: We Break Down Moline-Rocky Game

    Posted on: 12:33 pm, October 17, 2013, by , updated on: 12:35pm, October 17, 2013

    Matt and Kory preview the Rocky-Moline game during the "News 8 at 11" tailgating party
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  • Chef Scott: Tailgating for the Rocky/Moline Game

    Posted on: 12:31 pm, October 17, 2013, by , updated on: 12:32pm, October 17, 2013

    Chef Brad Scott challenges Moline Mayor Scott Raes and Rock Island Mayor Dennis Pauley in a tailgating contest before this year's Rocky-Moline game
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  • Moline Couple Lands on “GMA”

    Posted on: 12:43 pm, October 15, 2013, by , updated on: 04:09pm, October 15, 2013

    Moline's Ed and Joanie Johnson support the Bears and Cubs on "GMA"
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  • Ag in the A.M.: Dakota Blizzard Could Have Big Beef Impact

    Posted on: 7:38 am, October 14, 2013, by

    An October blizzard may impact cattle prices for markers and meat prices for consumers, pork producers "guessing" about settlement prices
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  • Investors Optimistic Debt Ceiling Agreement Can be Reached

    Posted on: 7:18 am, October 14, 2013, by

    Our investment analyst says the Washington impasse is not creating wild market swings at home, but is leaving an imprint overseas
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  • Chef Scott: A Special “Mash-tini”

    Posted on: 11:21 am, October 10, 2013, by

    Get ready for the holidays with a side dish that makes your mashed potatoes a bit more elegant
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  • Chef Scott: Seafood Pot Pie

    Posted on: 11:23 am, October 3, 2013, by

    Chef Brad Scott bumps up the standard pot pie with a seafood combo that's rich in flavor
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  • Phil Kassewitz: Market Analyst Weighs Impact of Government Shutdown

    Posted on: 9:06 am, September 30, 2013, by , updated on: 10:53am, September 30, 2013

    Stock analyst says the Wall Street impact from a shutdown depends on how long the shutdown lasts
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  • Chef Scott: Taking Tomatoes to a Higher Level

    Posted on: 10:54 am, September 26, 2013, by

    Chef Brad Scott says you can take the last of your summer tomatoes and turn them into a unique lunch
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  • Pay It Forward: Rockridge’s Biggest Booster

    Posted on: 9:50 pm, September 19, 2013, by

    He lives and breathes Rockridge and a grateful community thanks Aug E. Kerres by helping him "Pay It Forward"
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